Antarctic daily sledge ration, 1910s

Antarctic daily sledge ration, 1910s

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Credit: SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Antarctic daily sledge ration. Daily sledging ration for the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913), clockwise from upper left: 340g pemmican, 450g biscuit, 57g butter, 20g tea, 85g sugar, and 16g cocoa. The rations were later found to be insufficient for the energy expended hauling sledges in the Antarctic cold. Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary expedition objectives were scientific. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, the shore party of 34 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Scott and four others died in 1912 returning from their attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. Photograph by Herbert George Ponting.

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